Autumn Jubilee Making Cards

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, and for many years I have done cards for family and friends for it.  I love the long weekend, the autumn colors, the Macy’s parade followed by a day of family, football, food and friends.  The emphasis is on gratitude, a day of reflection on all we have in our lives, plus the anticipation of the holidays to come is ahead of us.   What could be better?   When I got my Stampin UP catalog just last month, I had to order the Country Home stamp set  from the Country Lane Suite and get busy on some Thanksgiving cards!

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The clear acrylic stamps are easy to use with acrylic blocks, and make it so easy to line up two stamps together into a single image.  I had some nice papers to use too, with words of thankfulness.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I stamped a pitcher and two pails with one of the two fillers.  On the handled container, I put two different insets.  The one on the lower left has four stamps used, and all lined up just right.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next, I got out my chalks and blender pens, and colored the images.  Taking an idea from the catalog, I put a bit of color around the base to give it a ground to sit on.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

For the first card, I mounted a brown paper square on the words paper, then wrapped twine around and tied a bow.  The image and the framed sentiment were added on top for a muli-layered look.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Cutting this one out, I wasn’t happy with the oval I tried to do, so I fussy cut it, and mounted it on the green cardstock.  Pretty papers and gold ribbon completed the base.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Too much fun to stop, I made more cards with patterned papers, Country Home stamps and some leaf stickers.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, I was watching some card making videos on Blueprint, and came across this idea of inking the embossing folder.  So I tried that too.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Open up the folder, and run the ink pad over the surface with the indented pattern to put the ink on the filler spaces.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then place a piece of card stock on the folder, and run it through the machine as usual.  You’ll get this, an embossed element nicely shaded with color.  Be sure to immediately clean your embossing folder or it may permanently stain.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The other way is to do the embossing first, then lightly tap the ink pad on the raised surface.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here are both methods using the same folder side by side using the same ink pad.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

So those elements became the base for two more cards, with the sentiments from the Country Home stamp set.  This one has a leaf pattern ribbon on the left and a double matted sentiment in the center.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

For this card, I used a matching Old Olive twine to match the card base and the ink color for the sentiment.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

One fun afternoon of stamping, and I have several cards ready to send to family and friends.

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Stampin UP! is sponsoring today’s giveaway, a set from the Country Lane Suite of  Country Home stamps and the coordinating papers!  Click to find a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator near you.

To enter, leave a comment on this post, and then click on the button below for the Rafflecopter entry widget.  There are multiple ways to enter, and the more you do the more entries you get!  Entry time for this drawing is open until October 20th. Open to entries with USA shipping addresses only.

Are you stamping for Halloween or Thanksgiving?  What’s your favorite holiday to make and send cards?

Autumn Jubilee Stamping Cards at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

43 thoughts on “Autumn Jubilee Making Cards

  1. Amy L

    I will not be stamping for Halloween or Thanksgiving this year. Your cards are so lovely. The recipients will be pleased to get them.

  2. Donna Weeks

    Stamping cards …. a great craft/hobby that I have not worked on in years. Handmade gifts are treasures. I used to create note cards with my students using the flowers/weeds they picked during recess. We pressed them and then used them for the front of the cards. One of the great memories from my many teaching days. I always hold onto the hand made, personalized cards that are given to me.

  3. Your cards are just beautiful. My favorites are the one with the orange ribbon, and the one with the leaves in the back right. My daughter and I used to stamp together; it was so much fun. You do lovely work!

  4. I hadn’t planned to hand-stamp cards, but your examples are so gorgeous, I’m really tempted to dive in!! I generally watercolor a photo I’ve taken (thru an app) and print my cards. 🙂

  5. Jennifer Rauch

    Ohboy! I learn something new every time I read your blog! Going to Stamping group tomorrow, & will try coloring the embossing folder for my backgrounds. Theresa Hill is my local Stampin’ Up! distributor – wish I could go to more of her classes. Would love the Thanksgiving kit!!

  6. I really like the images and how they look colored with chalks. Soft and pretty. Great set of Thanksgiving cards. I do try to send Thanksgiving cards to those family we cannot see. I am working on a few now.

  7. Barbara Dillingham Moore

    The last cards I made were for you, Carole! I thoroughly enjoyed designing them for the Safelight Project, along with making the bags as well. You examples are just lovely and those receiving them will treasure and enjoy.

  8. cathy vergo

    I haven’t tried stamping or making cards before. I have a few friends who do these types of cards and I am in awe of the beauty of these cards. Here’s hoping that I am lucky enough to win. keeping my fingers crossed

  9. Lisa Marie

    Oh my goodness, you make the most amazing cards! I love making cards, but often take the easy way and make them on shutterfly with photos I have taken. I also sometimes use stamps, fabric, etc. Not sure if I will get to that this year or not! Maybe for Christmas.

  10. quilterpt

    I made a bunch of postcards last year for Thanksgiving…not sure what I’ll be doing this year. The stamping looks like a great idea! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  11. Nancy M

    I haven’t stamped or made cards in a few years. You have some wonderful ideas. And Old Olive has been one of my favorite ink colors!

  12. I love your cards and I love to make cards. Christmas would be my favorite one to make and send for. Fall the second favorite;) Do you have a preference of the inking embossed cards method? I have not tried either yet.

  13. Debbie Miller Meyer

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday even though my hubby and I are alone. We are thankful for each other and we both love the holiday by ourselves. I made really cute thanksgiving pop-up cards last year! Your cards are beautiful, Carole!!

  14. dezertsuz

    I’d like to stamp for either one, but I haven’t found any stamping time in several months! I even quit looking at stamp sites because there’s just no time … but I have plenty of stamps already! I have the machine, but I think only one or two embossing folders – a hole in my collection. LOL Your cards are absolutely wonderful!

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